CBE to Host Workshop: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

The Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) is sponsoring a workshop entitled “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden”

When: Saturday, May 2, from 9 am to 11:30 am.
What: Workshop on “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden”
Where: Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road.

Esther V. Mitchell, Master Gardner, University of Maryland Extension will present the best methods to attract pollinators to your garden and what plants are most often identified for this purpose.

Parking passes will be available. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVP to janiso@erols.com or call 301-474-5358

Group to Host Community Solar Co-Op Event – May 6

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Council to Send Letter to Washington Gas to Improve Service in College Park

At last week’s Council worksession, the City Council discussed with the Washington Gas service representatives about a few operations in College Park. Based on the feedback, the council will send a letter to Washington Gas at tonight’s meeting.

The letter asks that Washington Gas adopt the following steps:

l. When residents have concerns about Washington Gas operations in the City, such as when a gas leak persists for multiple days, the City would appreciate access to a contact number which our staff can reliably use to contact Washington Gas to receive the latest status about the incident. The City will not share this phone number with our residents. The City has a similar line of communication with Comcast and Verizon.

2. When a resident calls to report an incident, we suggest that Washington Gas update both the resident and the City about the status of the service once Washington Gas begins the repair work and once it is completed. The City contact is Mr. Steve Halpern, City Engineer (cell: 240-508-7958, or shalpem@collegeparkmd.gov).

3. In a case when a problem continues even after a crew has attempted to fix a leak and residents continue to report the issue to Washington Gas, there should be sufficient information available to the dispatchers that the residents reporting the issue do not have to recount the entire history of the problem. In several cases in the past few months, when Councilmembers and other residents reported ongoing issues to Washington Gas, the dispatchers seemed completely unaware of the history of the issue or past attempts to address it.

The letter also asks Washington Gas to report back on the following issues:

1. Regarding the leaks on Lackawanna Street, why did the incident take many days to locate and adequately repair? Several residents and the two Councilmembers representing this area called numerous times to try to address this issue, and repair crews came out many times to attempt to fix it, but it still took nearly a week, and several calls, to repair it.

2. Regarding the issue on 52nd Place and Kenesaw Street, Washington Gas crews were present for numerous hours, but did not begin work on the leak until well into the evening and late into the night. Why did the crews not begin the project earlier, and instead perform the repair late at night, creating noise that made it difficult for residents to sleep?

Tonight: County Zoning Rewrite Presentation at City Hall

The Prince George’s County is currently doing a “Zoning Rewrite”, in an effort to streamline County’s zoning codes. These changes will affect many of the current zoning laws in College Park.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mitchel will be hosting a “Resident Presentation” on this initiative tomorrow, Monday April 27, at the City Hall from 7 PM to 9 PM. Please see below for more information.

What: The Prince George’s County Planning Department is comprehensively rewriting the county’s Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations? The Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations are the laws that determine how land or property in Prince George’s County can be developed. The intended impact of this multi-year project is to modernize the county’s zoning code into a more user friendly document that is aligned with the county’s vision for smart growth, economic development, and improved quality of life for Prince George’s County residents. Project Goals

  • Streamline the ordinance and development approval processes
  • Modernize and consolidate our zones and development standards
  • Incentive revitalization and economic, transit-oriented, and mixed-use development
  • Protect stable residential neighborhoods planners plans

Why Prince George’s County’s current Zoning Ordinance has not been completely updated in over 50 years. The document, at more than 1,200 pages, identifies more than 50 zones and hundreds of different potential uses of property. The current Zoning Ordinance has proven to be overly complex, difficult to understand and administer, and unresponsive to the county’s vision for growth.

In 2014, the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, approved Plan Prince George’s 2035, the blueprint for where and how the county grows over the next 20 years. The highest priority in implementing the new general plan is rewriting the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. Updating the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations assists in solidifying Prince George’s County as a sustainable network of communities for individuals to live, work, play, and shop.

Who the project is being managed by the Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. For questions or more information contact Chad Williams, LEED AP BD+C, who is serving as the Department’s Project Manager? He can be reached at: chad.williams@ppd.mncppc.org or (301) 952-3171.

How The project is being implemented in four distinct phases: Pre-Planning, Evaluations and Recommendations, Drafting the New Code, and Implementation.

When Now! Updating the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations is a significant undertaking. Pre-planning for the project began in 2013 and our hope is that the new Zoning Ordinance will be approved by the District Council in 2017.

Next Resident Presentation: Monday April 27, 2015
Where: City of College Park, 4500 Knox Road College Park, MD
Time: 7PM to 9PM.
For more information and/or to R.S.V. P, please email: DMitchell@CollegeParkMD.gov

North College Park Crime Map: April 19-25, 2015

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Hollywood Farmers Market Starts Third Season

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Hollywood Farmers Market Set to Open Tomorrow

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

NL_banner_2014_1After a long winter, the Hollywood Farmers Market is ready to celebrate the arrival of spring with fresh produce, delicious prepared food, crafts, and much more.

Join us opening day to visit returning favorites as well as the new additions to our market this year while enjoying our live entertainment special: folk and classical musician Eric Vosper.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is proud to have:

Pleitez Produce Vegetables
Calvert Farm Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm Meat, eggs , cheese
Morning Glory Farm Local produce in season
Roys and RT’S Garden and Kitchen Indonesian cooking
El Toro Loco Mexican food and crepes (later in the season)
Jose Castillo Coffee Coffee by the pound and by the cup
Phil’s Dill The best pickles in town!
Heavenly Created Desserts Sweets and hot dogs(not here this weekend)
Tiffany’s Oven Vegan food (not here this weekend)
Ice green Snowball Snowball , pick your flavor
Cresthill Bakery Bread , bread and desserts
Designed Naturally Natural bead jewelry
Great Shoal Winery Maryland Winery
A Little Pottery Clay made pieces
The Wood Doctor Wood restoration and wood designed products
49th Ave Furniture Outdoor furniture
Inge’s Crochet Selections Crochet made items
Christiane’s Designs Knits for baby and adults.
Red Chimneys Farm Fresh cut flowers
Jessica Padilla Jewelry Hand crafted Jewelry
Kettle Popcorn A variety of gourmet popcorns

And don’t forget to stop by our Market Table for free bags and gardening magazines! As always, free parking and Giant Chess!

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Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2015 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

This Saturday – Maryland Day 2015

The 17th Annual Maryland Day will take place on the University of Maryland campus this Saturday, April 25 from 10AM – 4PM

College Park residents are invited to the University of Maryland celebration to participate in more than 400 free events and exhibits across the entire campus!

To view the full Maryland Day schedule, visit marylandday.umd.edu. Follow the celebration and join in on social media with #MarylandDay
WHAT: Possible traffic delays due to Maryland Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 25 from 10AM – 4PM
WHERE: University of Maryland campus and surrounding College Park community
INFO: http://marylandday.umd.edu/

The university of Maryland expects crowds of 100,000 or more – so expect heavy vehicular traffic along Route 1 and University Blvd on Saturday.

Also, please note that in addition to Maryland Day, UMD Men’s Lacrosse hosts John Hopkins at 8PM on Saturday evening.

College Park 2016 Budget for Community Review

Please see below City’s FY2016 Budget for Community Review and let me know if you have any questions. Also, please don’t forget to attend tonight’s town hall meeting. Thanks.
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Council to Discuss New Community Garden in College Park

As part of the City’s participation in the Sustainable Maryland Certified Program, the Council approved a sustainability plan that included the creation of a community garden as one of our priority actions. Recent survey results have shown sufficient interest to indicate that a community garden will be successful in the City.

A potential site has been identified in Old Town Park, near the intersection of Norwich Road and Columbia Avenue. Council will discuss the proposal and rules for the use of the garden, and will consider authorizing staff to move forward with implementation of the garden.

The garden will operate with a hybrid model of volunteers and staff, with volunteer “garden masters” supervising the use of the plots and reporting concerns that they cannot resolve to city staff. Renters of the plots will be required to keep them cultivated during the growing season.

North College Park Crime Map: April 12 – 18, 2015

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Council to Discuss MD Park and Planning Projects

At this Tuesday’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss the FY16 Maryland Park and Planning budgets.

Here is the list of projects in College Park area. The Council is expected to send a letter to the M-NCPPC supporting these projects, especially the community center project in north College Park.

531035 Acredale Park 
Renovation of dog park $210,000
Status: Renovation of the restrooms, such as the replacement of a floor tile, and playground replacement were completed several years ago. Dog Park Relocation has a current budget of $85, 000. M-NCCP is seeking to supplement the budget to relocate the dog park away from a perpetually flooded area and to add an area for small/shy dogs. Design is pending.

530851 Calvert Park 
Park reconstruction $200,000
Status: Playground replacement, restroom renovation are completed. Grading/drainage improvement around picnic shelter is pending with a budget of $98,000. Timeline TBD.

531141 Paint Branch Golf Complex (First Tee)
New youth golf classroom total $1,904,000
Status: Completed in 2013.

531261 Paint Branch Hiker/Biker Trail
Trail connector from College Park Woods to Paint Branch
Status: Feasibility study is pending. The budget is $250,000 from previously awarded funds.

511180 Little Paint Branch Stream Valley Park
Trail connector from Paint Branch Trail at Cherry Hill Road in College Park to Little Paint Branch Trail at the Beltsville Community Center
$5,106,000 total funding
Status: The funding has been provided. Trail right-of-way acquisition and permitting is in progress and low bid for construction is under evaluation. Construction start anticipated by Winter 2016, pending completion of acquisitions.

530497 College Park Airport
Airport operations building
FY16 Total $250,000 Total funding: $6.157 million
Completion expected 1st Qtr 2016.

511275 North College Park Area Indoor Recreation Facility
Indoor programmable recreational space in the North College Park area
FY 16 50,000 FY17 $5,000,000
The FY 16 funding is proposed from Pay Go funds and would pay for a study. The FY 17 funding is proposed to come from a bond.

521248 Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail
Trail connector through College Park, Riverdale and Hyattsville to the Anacostia
Tributary Trail
The new trail segments are in Riverdale Park and Hyattsville. Completion expected in Spring 2015.

531064 Active Wells-Linson
Complex Reconstruction $5,190,000
Re-opening event held April 11, 2015.

City Joins Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation


College Park has joined the National Mayor’s challenge for water conservation , April 1-30

Andrew Fellows, Mayor of College Park, is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation. In return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

The Wyland Foundation Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative pledges online to reduce water and energy usage.

Mayor Fellows is encouraging residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of College Park at mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April. Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 18.3 million pounds, prevent more than 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds

To participate, residents enter online at mywaterpledge.com, then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of College Park. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and a Grand Prize Toyota Prius Plug-In. The challenge also features additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home.

The 3rd National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, WonderGroveKids.Com, Bytelaunch.com, and WaterSmart Software

City Prepares to Celebrate Arbor Day

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Please plan to attend the City’s 25th Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 1st at 6:00pm in the 7300 block of Rhode Island Avenue along the bike trail.

The commemorative event will recognize the environmental efforts  of Dr. Amelia Murdoch.

The City will receive it’s Tree City USA award for 2014.

Full Service Restored at Greenbelt Station

Metro is saying the Greenbelt station has reopened and full service has been restored to the Green Line. Crews worked throughout the night to get the tracks ready to safely restore service.

Yesterday, a piece of construction equipment hit the pedestrian bridge between Berwyn and Berwyn Heights causing a large piece of it to fall onto the Metro & MARC tracks no trains between Greenbelt & College Park